Evolve Dentistry | Dentist in Portishead, Somerset

24 Harbour Road Portishead BS20 7AL

24 Harbour Road Portishead BS20 7AL

Migraine

Migraines – don’t suffer in silence

This September, it’s Migraine Awareness Week. This campaign helps to raise awareness and highlight the impact of migraines.

It’s not just pain that accompanies a migraine. Those suffering, more often than not, are unable to go about their daily life. They might have to take time off work or avoid social events. This condition can be debilitating.

As migraine is an ‘invisible’ condition, there can be a lot of misunderstanding around it. It’s important to challenge this stigma, so those suffering have access to the support they need.

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a severe headache that can be felt on one side of the head. It’s usually described as a throbbing pain.

It’s a common health condition, affecting around one in five women and one in 25 men in the UK.

There are many reasons why women get migraines more than men. Researchers believe the main cause is due to hormonal fluctuations. It is thought to hit women hardest in their thirties.

The symptoms

Alongside pain, migraines can cause a range of other unpleasant symptoms. This includes:

  • Mood swings
  • Neck stiffness
  • Constipation
  • Food cravings

After an attack, migraines can leave you feeling drained, tired and washed out.

What happens?

Migraines can last from four to 72 hours, and appear as a:
Migraine with aura – sufferers may see flashing lights or other warning signs
Migraine with no aura – the most common type, where there are no prior warning signs
Migraine with aura but no headache – otherwise known as a ‘silent migraine’. Those affected have prior warning signs, but no actual headache develops

Migraines and oral health

Researchers believe there may be a link between dental issues and headaches. Missing, loose or crooked teeth make the jaw muscles work harder. The result? Muscle inflammation can cause a migraine.

So, it’s vital that you continue to look after your oral health, to help avoid headaches and migraines. It’ll help to prevent many other health conditions, too.

A condition called bruxism (chronic tooth grinding/clenching) can also trigger headaches and migraines. Those with bruxism are putting pressure on their teeth, and overworking their muscles, tendons and joints.

Knowing whether your migraines are the cause of bruxism is hard to gauge. Tooth grinding/clenching can happen while asleep, meaning it could go undetected for some time. This is why attending your dentist is so important – they’ll be able to spot the signs if something isn’t right.

How can your dentist help you?

If you experience migraines and suspect an oral issue is to blame, don’t suffer in silence.

Our dentists are members of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD). This means their continued learning is second to none. They are committed to education and training, keeping their skills and knowledge up to date in a wide range of areas. Our dentists have plenty of experience and a real passion for dentistry, always providing treatment that is safe and ethical.

You can always depend on your BACD dentist for support. Have a chat with our team to find out more today!

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